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brooke-battlesBrooke Battles started her career as a college professor and corporate marketer. “In 1994, the corporate world became too much – too driven, too male, too impersonal, too competitive.  Once I quit and sat still for a while, there it was.  Beautiful jewelry.  One-of-a-kind pieces.  Art in wearable form.  I wanted it, and I wanted to make it.”

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felicity petersFelicity Peters makes jewelry and objects…because it gives her pleasure. You need look no further than the scroll of pictures on her home page to see that she loves her job. “Learning new processes, buying new tools, stretching ideas beyond one’s comfort zone is challenging and rewarding. The knowledge that there is never enough time in the day to respond to ideas, influences and new materials is frustrating.”

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oscar3Many of the jewelry items from the runway are waaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond our reach. But the Spring 2013, Oscar de la Renta, collection featured clusters and single flowers that can be replicated in many of the materials we use in our studios. “Not only do we see lots of floral printed dresses, shirts, pants etc…  Floral jewelry has been spotted here and there too… Oscar De La Renta for one had his models wear beautiful floral statement necklaces and bracelets on the 2012 runway to showcase his beautiful collection for the Spring 2013.”

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olga ganoudisOlga Ganoudis’s jewelry runs the gamut from uncluttered to the bling of druzy. “Considering the important role that the surface can play in jewelry it is natural for Olga to focus on the fundamental forms that are born from organic or biomorphic shapes. From here, the integration of texture on such materials as silver, bronze and copper with colors of semi precious stones evolves into her unique jewelry design. The juxtaposition of a hard grainy texture next to the smooth surface of a pearl helps her to create the visual stimulus which inspires one of her several unique collections.”

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ann marie ciancioloIf you like rings, then scroll through the google images of Ann Marie Cianciolo’s sculptural rings. “Upon close examination, everyday life can be extraordinary. It’s the hidden humor, duality, and mischief in daily life that inspire my sculptural jewelry, infusing it with surprise. The unlikely juxtaposition of mundane objects in my work depict an absurd miniature world. Things just seem funnier when they are tiny . . . I invite you to take a closer look.”

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oliphantJust when you thought home sales were a thing of the past, Oliphant Designs pops into the picture…or in this case, ‘Trunk Shows’.  Founded by Cara Hotchkiss,  “Oliphant Design features a whimsical mix of vintage and contemporary handcrafted pieces, chunky bold statement necklaces, colorful unexpected cuffs, dainty gold drop earrings and more!”

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arthur hash
Word of caution, Arthur Hash’s website is addictive. Click through the categories for a virtual jewelry feast, or the process shots for a peek behind the curtain. “Different materials that evoke certain feelings in connection with the body bring into question the definition of what jewelry was in the past and is today. Metal and precious stones have historical significance and value. I treat unconventional materials such as toilet paper, cigarette butts, glue, spices, cough drops, plastics and animal parts as precious as their traditional counterparts: gold, diamonds and silver. By twisting the value of materials and using them to create body adornment, I want to re-present what jewelry can become and change the stereotype of what jewelry is.”

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tosca-hidalgo-y-teranTosca Hidalgo y Teran’s work has an other worldly vibe. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of sources including but not limited to the fantastic vision of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, 21st century transhumanists, ancient myths, science fiction, Buckminster Fuller, the depths of the ocean and the far reaches of outer space.”

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Wendy_Thurlow2Wendy Thurlow finds the exploration of texture and the juxtaposition of materials in her stack rings to be an endless journey. “Wendy has been producing her own one-of-kind and limited edition jewelry for over 15 years.  She incorporates techniques such as: forging, acid etching, and various surface embellishments to give her jewelry texture and depth.  Wendy’s jewelry is organic and sculptural.  Her primary focus has been the use of mixed metals with semiprecious stones, fossils and found objects.  Her eye for composition, attraction to form and design, enable her to create jewelry of distinct style.”

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alex sepkusPardon my mumbles, but my muse starts throwing out possibilities when I scroll through images of Alex Sepkus‘ work. “Alex Sepkus makes no sense. Somewhere between P.G. Wodehouse (of whom he is a big fan) and a worn flagstone from a medieval church floor, Alex found timeless beauty. So, perhaps he makes perfect sense.”

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